A mom discovered that her 12-year-old son had been forced to wash dishes at school as a punishment for his misdemeanors from classes. She is outraged and accusing the school of ‘slavery.’
Rahys Wajid, 12, goes to Beechdale Bluecoat Academy in Bilborough, Nottingham. One day, he came up to his mother, crying, and told her that he had been washing pots for several weeks rather than sitting in detention as a punishment. The punishment was for Rahys’s series of misbehaviors.
Recently Rahys was often late for school, misbehaved in the classroom, and failed to bring a tie or a pencil case to school several times.
His mom, Aqueelah Khursheed(33, a mother of four) was totally outraged when she heard her son crying about the punishment he got. In case it has violated any laws or infringed human rights, she has now been taking legal advice over the punishments her son’s school handed out. NOT a detention but a ‘dish washing.’
She made it clear: “My child’s not a slave.”
Ms. Khursheed argued although her son found it not so easy to fit in, at first, everything went fine. He was making friends and felt comfortable enough. However, in some point, her son was getting more detentions and letters from school. Even until then, she thought he was just being a standard 12-year-old boy. But her son’s behavior was getting worse, and he didn’t even want to go to school.
She agrees to the point that a child should be disciplined if he isn’t behaving properly. However, in this case, washing pots as a punishment was not a fair punishment that her son should have been getting.
She says, furthermore, that parents should talk to their child and if they were in trouble, they should ask them why.
“Rahys started at the school in September, and at first it was normal. He was finding it hard to fit in but he managed to make friends and he was comfortable.”
“All of a sudden Rahys started to get more detentions, getting letters home from school.”
“I agree if a child isn’t up to scratch they should be disciplined, fair enough, but his behavior was getting worse and he didn’t want to go to school.”
“I thought he was being a standard 12-year-old boy getting himself into trouble, but one day he came out crying and put his hands out to me. I asked him why he was crying and he said ‘mom I’ve been washing pots.'”
“This was the seventh or eighth time. Rahys hadn’t come to me before, I think he was scared. He might not be the only child in this predicament.”
“I would like to say, to every parent, talk to your child, ask them how was your day, if they were in trouble ask them why.”
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, located in Bilborough, Nottingham, was formerly called Hadden Park High School. It was renamed and established as Bluecoat Beechdale Academy by the Department for Education(DfE) in 2014. It’s currently sponsored by Bluecoat Academy. After its launch as Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, the attendance has risen above local averages. Bluecoat Beechdale Academy got a ‘good’ grading in its Ofsted report in 2017, after previously ranking the lowest as the Hadden Park High School.
These are some of the quotes from the report(February 2017):
“Leaders and governors are passionate about ensuring that pupils receive the best possible standard of education.”
“Teachers have strong subject knowledge. Effective explanations and skillful questioning promote good learning.”
“All adults in the school work as a team to ensure the well-being of pupils at risk of harm.”
“The school supports pupils’ emotional needs well, and most now believe that they can succeed.”
“Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive and support good learning.”
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